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Trustee Week 2023

  • 8th November 2023
Trustee Week is all about celebrating the brilliant work of charity trustees. This year's theme is "Many Voices. Working Together. With purpose." At Leeds Mencap we are incredibly lucky to have a lovely team of dedicated trustees who lend their expertise in... Read More...

Learning Disability Week 2023!

  • 15th June 2023
What is Learning Disability Week about? The 19-25th of June 2023 marks this year’s Learning Disability Week. The week is important as it allows us to celebrate the achievements of those with learning disabilities while simultaneously raising awareness and educating... Read More...

Parent Mental Health Day

  • 24th January 2023
Today marks parents mental health day. The day helps to raise awareness about the importance of good mental health and wellbeing in parents and carers to help families adapt to challenging situations. Many people worry that having a mental health... Read More...

Sensory Storytelling for National Read a Book Day!

  • 6th September 2022
Tuesday 6th September is National Read a Book Day! This is a day to encourage us to engage with storytelling and get lost in a book. The benefits of reading are endless - and there are lots of ways you... Read More...

Jubilee Celebrations!

  • 1st June 2022
Ahead of the Jubilee this weekend we have had lots of celebrations here at Leeds Mencap. Last week we threw a jubilee party for our nursery. This party was kindly funded by a generous grant from The ASDA Foundation. Over... Read More...

Jimbo’s Fund

  • 26th May 2022
We want to say a massive thank you to our ongoing supporter Jimbo's Fund at Leeds Community Foundation for their support during Covid-19 last year, which has been a difficult year for everyone. Their generous donation has funded Becky, a... Read More...

Winston Solicitors Annual Quiz

  • 26th May 2022
Hopefully you have all seen on our social media that May saw the return of the Winston Solicitors annual quiz and auction in aid of Leeds Mencap. Unfortunately Covid had prevented the quiz from running for the last two years,... Read More...

Ted’s Travels

  • 25th April 2022
Last week we were joined by a very special guest at The Vinery Centre. Ted the teddy bear from Royal Mencap visited us on the first stop of his UK tour. Here’s a summary from Ted himself about all the... Read More...

Easter Raffle

  • 1st April 2022
This Easter we are excited to be hosting an Easter raffle, where you could win fantastic prizes such as Luxury Easter eggs, chocolate and toy hampers and many more Easter goodies! Prizes will be drawn on the 13th April at... Read More...

Hello Spring!

  • 25th March 2022
Spring has officially sprung! The days are getting sunnier and the flowers are coming out. Here at Leeds Mencap we welcome the longer, warmer days! Spring Activities at Leeds Mencap Nursery have been embracing the start of spring with a... Read More...

Tips for supporting your child if they have a sibling with additional needs.

  • 7th January 2022
Being a parent to a disabled child comes with lots of additional responsibility, stresses, joys and challenges. This affects the whole family – and here are our tips for supporting a young person who has a sibling with additional needs.... Read More...

Winter Well-being Accessible Walks

  • 6th December 2021
Following from our well-being weekend messages on social media- we want to continue to provide some tips on how you can look after your well-being this winter. If the weather isn't too miserable then we encourage you to try and... Read More...

“No one day is the same”

  • 22nd November 2021
Here at Leeds Mencap we run play schemes, for children aged 4-18 years old during the school holidays. Our play schemes are all about having fun, trying new experiences and spending quality time with friends. Importantly, they also help children... Read More...

Digital Fundraising

  • 28th October 2021
Digital fundraising has become one of the most popular and effective ways for people to support the causes they care about most. With Covid-19 keeping us all stuck indoors and unable to fundraise in the traditional ways, such as by... Read More...

Meet our new staff members!

  • 1st October 2021
It has been a busy few months here at Leeds Mencap. We are well and truly back up and running after Covid-19 and are delighted to have expanded our team. Here are our brilliant new team members: Ruth Watson- Family... Read More...

Summer Fair 2021 Thank You!

  • 17th September 2021
Recently we had our Leeds Mencap 2021 Summer Fair. As we are sure is the same for many of you, Covid-19 unfortunately put a stop to a lot of our plans and prevented us from being able to engage with... Read More...

Summer Fair 2021

  • 16th August 2021
As COVID-19 restrictions are easing up we are hosting an inclusive, family friendly summer fair. We would love to see you there! When? -Wednesday 1st September from 11:30-3:00 Where?– The Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, LS9 9LU Activities may include: Carnival... Read More...

It has never been so important to be there for our children and their families

  • 11th February 2021
I am Becky, the Deputy Manager of Jimbo’s community nursery which is based in the Vinery Centre. On a day to day basis I support the nursery manager with the general running of the nursery and also oversee our Preschool... Read More...

There is no such thing as a ‘typical day’ at our clubs and playschemes!

  • 28th January 2021
I’m Dana, the Clubs and Playschemes Coordinator at Leeds Mencap. I started at Leeds Mencap as a volunteer on our playschemes, before getting a job, first on the playschemes, then at one of our youth clubs too, before getting my... Read More...

‘Oliver felt safe and as a parent that’s the main thing you want’

  • 6th January 2021
Nicola tells us about Oliver’s Leeds Mencap journey To say that the Hawthorn playroom at Leeds Mencap was beneficial for Oliver in his first few years is a huge understatement.  I’m so grateful to the two Mums who recommended Leeds... Read More...

‘Seeing the small changes in the children is absolutely amazing!’

  • 16th December 2020
I’m the Team Leader at Hawthorn, a specialist playroom at Leeds Mencap which is for very young children with learning disabilities aged between 0-3 years. We usually care for nine children a day, but at the moment due to COVID... Read More...

Why Makaton is so fantastic

  • 3rd December 2020
If you’ve not come across Makaton before it’s fantastic. And this is why… Makaton is a form of sign language that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable children, young people and adults to communicate. Makaton is similar to British... Read More...

Building friendships

  • 13th November 2020
It’s been a real pleasure filming our recent videos for the Imagine if campaign and we hope that you enjoyed the latest one ‘Nothing like you Imagine’. Our Friday club members were absolutely brilliant and it was great to see... Read More...

94% of Leeds Mencap families said that they have felt more isolated during Covid-19

  • 11th November 2020
We know that COVID 19 has been challenging for many families across the country. The current pandemic has put them under incredible strain with many feeling overwhelmed, isolated and alone as much of the usual support around them disappeared overnight.... Read More...
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